Thursday, October 13 2005
At long last, indie kids and mainstream critics no longer have to listen to their metal music in clandestine shame. Metal's in the midst of an artistic renaissance, and, as Begrand explains, it's a headbanger's ball out there.
Wednesday, October 12 2005
Satchmo's subversive humor struck multiple targets simultaneously: it commented on the very music he was transforming; and, as a survival tool, it presented a league of oppressors with unexpected resistance.
Tuesday, October 11 2005
Not even a knife-wielding tsotsi can keep Leonard away from his reggae supplier.
Monday, October 10 2005
In the alien(ating) world of addictive, online communiqués, can anyone hear you scream?
Interested in some chilling All Hallows Eve fare? Our resident lady of literature attempts to glean the thrills from the spills as she searches the shelves -- both book and video -- for a good scare.
Sunday, October 9 2005
The Queen of Delectable Pastries offers some sound advice to a troubled piece of cheesecake.
Thursday, October 6 2005
One can't be left alone to indulge one's poison, these days, without some bothersome governmental agency, or the busy-body press, sticking its nose in one's businesses.
Wednesday, October 5 2005
Ever wonder why Samuel L. Jackson seems so overly concerned with his fade? Follicle scholar Harris uncovers this 'very special episode' of a certain Bravo interview show which explains why, for this amazing actor, its hair, not the play, that's the thing.
Tuesday, October 4 2005
Many directors have used tried and tested avant-garde techniques to bolster the suspension of disbelief in editing, in camerawork, in sound design, and in narrative. But the single greatest gift to the escapist film comes from an altogether separate medium: music.
Monday, October 3 2005
Among other things, customer service is little more than survelliance with a smile. The end of craven customer service could return some dignity to the world of consumption.
Sunday, October 2 2005
As Hurricane Katrina nearly blew New Orleans off the map, George W. Bush blew the chance to fulfill his presidential duties.
Thursday, September 29 2005
Listen up, suckas. Dolemite is back on the scene...and to hear Gibron tell it, all them rat soap eating, born insecure jack-jawed wannabes better step aside.
If Elvis Presley fuelled a visceral revolution, Allen Ginsberg lit the blue-touch paper on an intellectual one.
Wednesday, September 28 2005
We've all got to die someday. 'Till then, why not light(en) up?
Tuesday, September 27 2005
In his second column, Lanzagorta focuses his attention on a ferocious Italian filmmaker whose gore-laden lunacy redefined the zombie horror genre.
Monday, September 26 2005
Shiva, the Hindu god that simultaneously dances life and death, is a perfect icon for modern-day Kathmandu.
Sunday, September 25 2005
It may be getting louder, but it ain't getting any better...
Thursday, September 22 2005
Japan's PM, Junichiro Koizumi, is a master of those tricky steps in the political waltz.
Wednesday, September 21 2005
To thrive in a new country, immigrants must cultivate a degree of economic insularity. As a woman from Senegal tells, Paris' Little Africa is no exception.
Tuesday, September 20 2005
Faced with the challenge of regaining his intellectual identity, Bad Librarian escapes the morass of linguistic lethargy by losing himself in the wonderful world of poetry.